A first-time father tended to feel closer to the mother both as a co-parent and as a romantic partner when he believed he had her confidence when he was involved in child care , suggests a new study. “Fathers are more involved than they have ever been in parenting.”

A first-time father tended to feel closer to the mother both as a co-parent and as a romantic partner when he believed he had her confidence when he was involved in child care , suggests a new study. “Fathers are more involved than they have ever been in parenting.”

  • A new father’s views on his changing relationship with his wife or partner may depend in part on how much support he feels from her when he is caring for their baby, a new study suggests.
  • “So how mothers react to their partners’ parenting matters a lot. It affects how new dads feel about their whole family situation, including his relationship with his wife or partner.”
  • Fathers reported how much they felt their partner “Opened” or “Closed” the gate on them when it came to interacting with the baby.
  • Each dad reported on gate-closing behaviors, such as how often his partner took over baby-related tasks because the mom thought he wasn’t doing them properly or how often she gave him irritated looks about his parenting.
  • Finally, when the baby was 9 months old, the fathers rated how good they felt about their romantic relationship with their partner.
  • Results showed that whether the mother “Opened” or “Closed” the gate on the father had a significant impact on how he felt about their relationship as a couple.
  • “Fathers may not only do less child care, they may have more negative views on their relationship with their wife or partner.”